Solidarity Demo joining "Comfort Women" for 1000th Weekly Demonstration (
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225 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON
Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 - 08:00
Solidarity Demonstration for the 1000th Weekly Wednesday protest of the survivors of WWII Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in South Korea ~ the world's longest ongoing protest!
Details: The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (Korean Council), the organization that has been supporting Korean and international surviving "comfort women" in their quest for justice and healing for more than two decades, is calling on those of us around the world to rise up and support the survivors on the occasion of the 1000th and final Weekly Wednesday Protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. They will be installing a commemorative sculpture at the site of the protest, and are rallying to make a final strong effort towards pushing the Japanese government to meet the seven demands of the survivors, for which they have been demonstrating on the same spot since 1992. Until now, there has been no satisfactory official response by the Japanese government.
How to support them in Canada: The Korean-Canadian & Chinese-Canadian communities are mobilizing in response to the Korean Council's call for solidarity demonstrations, and we are calling upon women (and men!) of all backgrounds to step forward and show that this issue is not just an "ethnic" issue, but is an issue of social justice and human rights that is mirrored in the realities of violence against women around the world, in both situations of conflict and in the absence of war. Let us show our solidarity with these courageous survivors, and by representing ourselves there as feminists and feminist allies resplendent in all our diversity, send the message both to the Japanese and Canadian governments that this issue matters to all of us.